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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: May 7, 2007 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

Cumberland is in my top five favourite Dead songs of all time so I always dug it in concert. But I thought the one they played at their last show at Soldier's Field was pitiful.

My vote goes to The Oth3er One. I saw two dreadful ones myself and have heard many others where they may as well have stopped and said "Sorry, we suck at this so we're moving on to the Jerry ballad now.".

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Poster: Since 77 Date: May 10, 2007 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

Syd, I overstated my case re. Cumberland. Am listening to 9-20-74 right now and the Cumberland opener is very nice. Mr. Garcia is very high in the mix (not a bad thing, right?) and they pull off the vocals admirably.
Tough thing about performing most of the songs from American Beauty and Workingman's is that they were very demanding, vocally speaking. The Boys were not always up to that challenge, live. But when it worked and the X factor kicked in, it was magic!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: May 10, 2007 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

ROW JIMMY

could either be a masterpiece of subtle, reggae-infused rhythms and inspired, cresting, lovely guitar solos by Jerry, with soulful vocals that spoke to the heart,

or,

a ponderous dreck of sludge about as exciting as spending a summer evening watching nature films with Al Gore in a small room without any air conditioning.